Recruiters are aware that references are available upon request, so use this space to sell yourself instead.
Do you have a rough draft of your resume already pulled together? If not, you should and keep it updated throughout your college career. If you would like to have a Success Coach look over your resume, please call 701.777.3904 to make an appointment.
Check out our Resume Checklist and Strong Bullet Point handouts for information and examples.
- Is the most important/relevant information first and presented effectively?
- Did I tailor my resume to the job posting?
- Is it easy to find all my qualifications?
- Is my resume pleasing to the eye? Did I bold, italicize, underline too much?
- Is my formatting consistent throughout the resume (dates aligned, format repeated consistently)?
- Are abbreviations noted properly?
- Does my objective give my resume an accurate "voice"? Is it reflective of me and what I bring?
- Did I emphasize my work-related skills?
- Have I incorporated measurable results where I can?
- Is my phone number and email address correct?
- Are my present positions in present tense and past in past tense?
- Have I made an appointment with Career Services for a resume critique?
Street Address Grand Forks, ND 58203 Phone firstname.lastname@example.org
Career focused individual with a desire to utilize my degree in Marketing along with my proven interpersonal, time management, and customer services skills to contribute to the continued success of company XYZ.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Dec. 2017
University of North Dakota (UND), Grand Forks, ND GPA: 3.4/4.0
- 2015 LMNOP Scholarship Recipient
- Languages: Spanish (Fluent)
- Brand and Product Management
- Relationship Marketing
Big TV Station, City, ST Summer 2016
- Assisted in the development of key objectives resulting in identifying new niche market and increased viewership by 10% in three months
- Participated in developing innovative marketing materials in response to newly identified focus group through a variety of media outlets to meet target goal
- Displayed strong interpersonal skills in designing departmental newsletter resulting in increased internal communications, teamwork, and departments reach
- Participated in regional campaign launch which successfully increased product awareness
Fraternity, UND, Grand Forks, ND Jan. 2015-Present
- Plan and organize membership recruitment events
- Continuously encouraging other members to volunteer within the community as a means of increasing social awareness and community involvement
- Organize fundraising efforts with notable success in exceeding targeted goal by 15% in 2016 calendar year
Yummy Foods, Grand Forks, ND Dec. 2012-Present
- Greet guests and build rapport through efficient, prompt, and friendly service
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of menu items and specials to provide educated suggestions to improve guests dining experience
- Member, Marketing Club, Grand Forks, ND, Jan 2014-Present
- Mentor, YMCA, Grand Forks, ND, Jan 2012-Present
- Volunteer, Elementary School, Grand Forks, ND, Spring 2013
- Reading, running, mountain biking, saxophone
- Contact Information
- Include complete contact information.
- Use a professional email address.
- Include permanent address if it serves a purpose such as if you are looking for a position in your hometown.
- Update your voice mail message and ring back tones to reflect a professional image.
- What transferable skills set you apart?
- What can you do for them?
- Most recent degree first
- Mention GPA if >3.0
- Don't abbreviate degree, e.g.: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- List your most recent position first.
- Highlight your skills.
- Do not exaggerate your experience.
- Use present tense voice for all current positions, past tense for all previous positions/experiences.
- Begin phrases with action verbs (e.g. implemented, organized, teach etc.).
- Relevant Coursework
- Skills (Computer, Technical, Lab, etc.)
- Lab/Research Experience
- Leadership Experience
- Campus/Community Involvement
- Specialized Training
Effective resumes make you shine by highlighting your unique skillset in a clean, easy to read format. Since your resume is a professional reflection of you, use a format that represents you and your experience.
Templates are available through Microsoft Word and online. Remember, if you use a template, don't limit yourself to using only the headings that auto-populate. Don't exclude information because it doesn't fall in place within the template headings. Regardless of what template you use, it is generally best of use a font size lager than 10 but no larger than 12.
Create your own style of resume...Career Services can help!